May 26 2015

1995: May 27-June 2

tvweek_270595Cover: Dean Cain (Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman)

End of an affair?
He’s been in television for 30 years, won four Gold Logies and is topping the ratings with A Current Affair and his own series of celebrity interview specials, but Ray Martin has given his first indication that it might be time to reassess his work commitments. “I need to mix ACA with the specials, but that’s the problem. The reason I left 60 Minutes was to stay off the road. Now, I’m on the road. I’ve just had 28 days without a day off. You’ve got to pull yourself back,” he told TV Week.  “I want to do what I’m doing, but I don’t want to leave home. We’ve got to work that out. I think ACA has to go on the road. That’s what Australians expect. There’s no reason why you should be stick in a studio. The Americans have shown that technically it can be done. It wasn’t (possible) five years ago.”

coreypageCorey’s the Loving kind
Heartbreak High star Corey Page (pictured) has landed a role in a US daytime soap. The 24-year-old auditioned for a part in ABC series One Life To Live but was considered too young. Producers then created a character for him in ABC’s other daytime soap Loving (not seen in Australia). Although he initially had reservations about working on a soap, Page has taken the view that it is an opportunity to open doors to other projects. “I’m going to kick as much butt as I can while I’m there to prove that I have the ability to do more than just soap,” he told TV Week. “This is a means to an end.”

shaunmicallef_0001Absolutely Fabio!
Full Frontal comedian Shaun Micallef admits he didn’t have to look far for inspiration to impersonate Italian model Fabio. He took the voice from his dad! “I did model the character’s voice on my dad’s,” Micallef told TV Week. “I have never heard Fabio speak, and my father is Maltese, so I used his accent. I don’t think he’s twigged yet!” The mock Fabio (pictured) appears on Full Frontal in a series of sketches called Fabio’s Love Tips, where the superstar model reveals his guide to living romantically. An upcoming episode will see Fabio wed his girlfriend, played by Daina Reid. “This will be big. Even bigger than Shane and Angel’s wedding on Home And Away,” Micallef said.


  • Romance has blossomed on the set of the new ABC series Correlli. Deborra-Lee Furness, who plays prison psychologist Louisa Correlli, has been seen out with co-star Hugh Jackman, an acting newcomer who plays prisoner Kevin Jones. Furness’ only comment was to say, “We are very good friends”.
  • Actor Graeme Blundell is to write an unauthorised biography of TV legend Graham Kennedy.
  • The Nine Network has denied rumours that Mike Munro and Ken Sutcliffe are leaving at the end of the year.
  • Gold Logie winner and A Current Affair host Ray Martin is to make a guest appearance in Ian, the mock soapie staged in Roy And HG‘s Friday night comedy show on ABC. Martin will appear as himself when the soap’s central character Ian (played by footballer Paul Sironen) lands a job at A Current Affair as an “in-depth” reporter. It is not Martin’s first foray into soapie send-ups. Years ago he used to appear in a weekly sketch, A Town Like Dallas, which was performed on his Midday show.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2143000
2 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1965000
3 Gladiators Seven Sat 1904000
4 World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1895000
5 The X Files Ten Wed 1831000
6 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1804000
7 National Nine News Nine Sun 1798000
8 ER Nine Thu 1797000
9 National Nine News Nine Sat 1794000
10 National Nine News Nine M-F 1787000
11 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1776000
12 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1737000
13 SeaQuest DSV Ten Sun 1729000
14 50 Fantastic Years Nine Sun 1700000
15 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1699000
16 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1684000
17 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1683000
18 Money Nine Wed 1663000
19 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1659000
20 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1656000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“When television gets on a roll with something, it really becomes a juggernaut. For instance, just in case we didn’t have enough “lifestyle” programs, Network Ten this week introduces two more — a new motoring show, Behind The Wheel, with James Morrison and Monica Trapaga, and Your Money And Your Life, with finance commentator David Koch and his wife and kids. They join a stable already boasting Healthy Wealthy And Wise and Beyond 2000, but not quite as crowded as those at the other commercial networks.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 27-June 2):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) reports on a man planning to change the way we communicate; and an oversized wing designed to replace satellites for remote surveillance. AFL Saturday (8.30pm, Seven) crosses live to Adelaide for Adelaide Crows versus Hawthorn. The Rugby World Cup (10.45pm, Ten) includes Wales versus Japan, England versus Argentina, Western Samoa versus Italy and New Zealand versus Ireland.

Sunday: In Heartbreak High (5.30pm, Ten), the Hartley High guys decide they want an official school basketball team; and Rose (Katherine Halliday) brings baby Tess to school as her aunt is sick and the gang help her hide the baby until Deloraine (Stephen O’Rourke) learns about it. Sunday night movies are Body Of Evidence (Seven), The Power Of One (repeat, Nine) and Backdraft (repeat, Ten).

Monday: Children’s game shows A*Mazing (4.30pm, Seven) and Vidiot (5.30pm, ABC) return with new episodes. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Alf (Ray Meagher) realises that Ailsa (Judy Nunn) needs professional help. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), the team board the famous Indian Pacific for a journey across three states, from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Reuben (James Condon) has trouble telling Garnet (Richard Moss) about his medical condition; and Mal (Benjamin McNair) is accused of cheating in an exam. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a mother is desperate to find a suitable donor kidney for her son. The Rugby World Cup (10.15pm, Ten) covers South Africa versus Romania, Western Samoa versus Argentina, France versus Ivory Coast and Scotland versus Tonga.

Wednesday: The Rugby League State Of Origin (9.30pm, Nine), New South Wales versus Queensland, is on delayed broadcast from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Rugby World Cup (8.30pm, Ten) includes live coverage of Australia versus Canada, from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), when Ren’s (Raelee Hill) condition doesn’t improve, Karl (Alan Fletcher) suggests drastic measures. The new motoring lifestyle show Behind The Wheel (7.30pm, Ten) is hosted by James Morrison and Monica Trapaga, joined by Dick Johnston and Kevin Bartlett; followed by Your Money And Your Life (8pm, Ten), hosted by David Koch.

Friday: Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) includes delayed coverage of North Melbourne versus Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 27 May 1995. Southdown Press




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May 20 2015

1995: May 20-26

tvweek_200595Cover: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers), ‘Hammer’ and ‘Vulcan’ (Gladiators)

Network Ten buys Melrose spin-off
Network Ten has snapped up the rights to the new US series Central Park West, described as the final chapter in the Beverly Hills 90210-Melrose Place trilogy (ignoring the short-lived Models Inc which concluded its run in Australia recently). Described as “a sort of younger Bonfire Of The Vanities”, Central Park West was commissioned by US network CBS before a pilot was produced, with the first series of 13 episodes to debut on the network later this year. Network Ten is expected to screen Central Park West sometime during 1996.

lauravasquezLaura tunes up!
Former Home And Away star Laura Vasquez (pictured) is heading to the UK in the hope of launching her own recording career. The young star has recorded three demo songs to take to record companies. “Because of the experience I’ve had as a child performer, growing up singing and dancing since I was eight years of age, and also having a profile in London due to Home And Away, I thought this was a great opportunity because it’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” she told TV Week. “I’m also not going to let people say to me, ‘Oh, but you’re just going to be another Kylie or Dannii (Minogue) or Toni (Pearen)’. I don’t care. This is what I love to do and I’m not going to stop it because other people don’t think that I can do it.”

humphreybbear_0001Bearly 30!
Humphrey B Bear is celebrating his 30th anniversary on television. The funny old fellow made his TV debut in Adelaide on 24 May 1965 and has become the Nine Network‘s most enduring celebrity. He is also credited with making more public appearances for charity than any other Australian celebrity and has two TV Week Logie Awards to his credit.



  • Network Ten is launching a new finance show, Your Money And Your Life, hosted by finance columnist David Koch and featuring his wife and four children as a living example of how finances affect every member of every family. The new show is expected to debut next month.
  • Filming for Heartbreak High is now due to resume late in June following a last minute reprieve by overseas interests — in particular the BBC. The new batch of episodes is not expected to be shown on Network Ten in Australia, with producers shopping it around to other networks. Meanwhile, episodes of Heartbreak High completed earlier this year will appear on Ten from this week.
  • The crew behind Electric Blanket, the late-night current affairs show which was not picked up by the Seven Network, is now working on another pilot, but without host David Reyne. The new project is set to feature former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester.
  • rebeccariggActress Rebecca Rigg (pictured), partner to actor Simon Baker-Denny, is making a return to television with a role in an upcoming Cody telemovie. She has also recently finished working on a feature film, Tunnel Vision, and will soon star opposite Chris Haywood (Janus) in an episode of the upcoming ABC series, Naked.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 30 April): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 2134000
2 Gladiators Seven Sat 2058000
3 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1921000
4 World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1871000
5 ER Nine Thu 1857000
6 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1848000
7 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1820000
8 The X Files Ten Wed 1807000
9 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1767000
10 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1759000
11 National Nine News Nine M-F 1750000
12 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1741000
13 National Nine News Nine Sun 1737000
14 National Nine News Nine Sat 1730000
15 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1728000
16 Fire Seven Tue 1724000
17 Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John Nine Thu 1693000
18 Money Nine Wed 1691000
19 Our House Nine Wed 1691000
20 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1666000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, 20-26 May):
Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) looks at a South African safari tracking down elephants to learn more about their tusks; and a ski boat with a radical new design. Singer Tina Arena is a guest star on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (6.30pm, Nine).

Sunday: AFL Sunday includes Brisbane versus St Kilda (1pm, Seven), live from Brisbane, followed by West Coast Eagles versus Essendon (4pm, Seven), live from Perth. In the series return of Heartbreak High (5.30pm, Ten), school is back but there is an undercurrent of unresolved grief and guilt over the death of Nick (Alex Dimitriades). Sunday night movies are Gross Misconduct (Nine) and Die Hard (repeat, Ten), up against the debut of two-part mini-series The Tommyknockers (Seven).

Monday: Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten) looks at the latest in car audio systems including improved CD technology; while Iain Hewitson visits Don’s Tables, the restaurant run by former South Australian premier Don Dunstan; and Jim Brown looks at the maintenance and care of large trees.

Tuesday: In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a romantic sojourn at a five-star hotel with Eva (Sue Walker) is ruined for William (Michael Craig) by an outbreak of food poisoning. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Ten), Maggie (Lisa McCune) is concerned for the welfare of two children whose mother is involved with a gang of bikies.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Curtis (Shane Ammann) and Selina’s (Tempany Deckert) friendship leads to an intimate kiss. The documentary The Resurrection Of The Batavia (8.30pm, ABC) retraces the story of the Dutch ship, Batavia, which sank in 1628 off the West Australian coast.

judynunn_0004Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Ailsa (Judy Nunn, pictured) is forced to lie on the floor while the diner is robbed. In Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Rachel Friend travels to Tasmania to meet Jason Wiersma, who devotes his spare time to caring for injured birds of prey; and Olivia Newton-John visits Wolf Hollow, a hospital for injured wild animals. In Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC), a youngster without a father makes friends with Angel (Steve Bastoni) and the squad. The Rugby World Cup begins with the Opening Ceremony (10pm, Ten), live from Cape Town, South Africa, followed by the opening match — Australia versus South Africa.

Friday: Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) includes the delayed telecast of North Melbourne versus Geelong, from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Rugby World Cup (11.30pm, Ten) features Scotland versus Ivory Coast, France versus Tonga and Canada versus Romania.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 20 May 1995. Southdown Press


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May 12 2015

1995: May 13-19

tvweek_130595Cover: Melissa George (Home And Away)

Nine lays down the Law
The Nine Network has axed Law Of The Land. Filming for the series ended just before Easter, and there are 22 episodes still yet to be screened. “I can understand them axing the show,” cast member Lisa Hensley told TV Week. “We’ve still got so many more to screen. They don’t need any more. The news doesn’t surprise me.” Law Of The Land was due to return to screen last month in its usual 9.30pm Tuesday timeslot, but the success of Seven‘s Fire in the same timeslot saw Nine change plans. Nine has yet to announce when the remaining episodes of Law Of The Land will go to air.

roberttaylorRobert’s in the gun… and loving it
For Robert Taylor (pictured), being shot is a regular hazard of his job. The star of The Feds telemovies is often cast as a detective, whether he is working on Australian, US or UK productions. In the latest The Feds telemovie, Taylor’s character Det Supt Dave Griffin cops a bullet to the chest — and Taylor was more than ready to take it on. “I loved it,” he told TV Week. “It was great, because I got to lie down for a day, and everyone else had to act around me.” The Melbourne-born actor is living in Los Angeles when not working on Australian projects. As well as support roles in various films, he played the lead role in Nash’s Vision, an American telemovie.

patmoritajosephinebyrnesPat’s pain
Actor Pat Morita, best known for his role in The Karate Kid movies, says he had little trouble relating to his role in the Nine Network telemovie Singapore Sling. Morita (pictured with co-star Josephine Byrnes) plays underworld boss YC Kung, who seeks the help of a private investigator (John Waters) when his daughter and grandson are murdered. “I had no trouble at all coming to terms with my character’s pain and sense of loss,” he told TV Week. “I have had my own personal tragedies. By the time you have reached 60, you have built a book of living experiences and of highs and lows in life. I felt well equipped to play this role.” Morita, who lives in Hawaii, was very excited at the opportunity to work in Australia. “It was just short of orgasmic!,” he said.


  • Heartbreak High was all but axed when filming on the last batch of 26 episodes was completed before Easter. But now the series is set for a reprieve, with word that BBC wants to fund a further series because of the show’s popularity in Europe.
  • damianrice_0002Damian Rice (pictured), who plays Dr Martin Dempsey in GP, is set to leave the series mid-year. Meanwhile, rumour is that GP will not be renewed for 1996 although it is hoped that the arrival of Steve Bisley to the cast may be enough to convince the broadcaster to renew.
  • Joining the cast of Network Ten‘s new soap Echo Point are Roxane Wilson, formerly of the short-lived Nine series Family And Friends, and former Chances star Kimberley Davenport.
  • 60 Minutes and A Current Affair continue their battle over interviews. ACA was all set to fly to Paris to interview Jimmy Barnes to discuss his sudden departure from Australia and his multi-million dollar debt. Barnes was then asking $60,000 for the interview. ACA has refused to pay but 60 Minutes, not shy to open the chequebook for interviews, is now emerging as the winner.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 23 April): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Gladiators Seven Sat 2335000
2 Movie: Sister Act Seven Sun 1997000
3 National Nine News Nine Sun 1971000
4 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1901000
5 ER Nine Thu 1857000
6 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1851000
7 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1827000
8 World’s Greatest TV Commercials Seven Sun 1817000
9 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1791000
10 Fire Seven Tue 1787000
11 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1772000
12 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1731000
13 National Nine News Nine M-F 1729000
14 TV Week Logie Awards Seven Fri 1699000
15 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1681000
16 Money Nine Wed 1676000
17 The X Files Ten Wed 1676000
18 The Nanny Ten Wed 1666000
19 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1625000
20 Our House Nine Wed 1618000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

nonihazlehurstandrewdaddo“As the smoke clears after the 1995 TV Week Logie Awards, it’s time for a few observations and to take one or two matters into account. First, the figures. According to the AC Nielsen ratings, the TV Week Logie Awards had 1.69 million viewers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Relatively speaking, the show fared best in Adelaide (number one, with 254,000 viewers) and Melbourne (number four, with 630,000). The Logies were beaten in their timeslot in Sydney and Brisbane, where a Canberra-Brisbane rugby league match was rescheduled, so I’m told, to go up against the awards. I guess we should be flattered by such a move even being considered. Two somewhat unsung heroes were Andrew Daddo and Noni Hazlehurst (pictured). Hosting a show such as the Logies for the first time must have been very daunting, to say the very least, but they handled the task with apparent ease and certainly a lot of aplomb.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 13-19):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) looks at the world’s first solar-powered camera; and how to set up a home cinema. Elle Macpherson, in Australia to promote her new fitness video, makes a guest appearance on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (6.30pm, Nine).

Sunday: AFL Sunday includes West Coast Eagles versus Fremantle (2pm, Seven), live from Perth, and highlights of Melbourne versus Brisbane (5pm, Seven) at the MCG. Sunday night movies are Pretty Woman (repeat, Seven) and Ghost (repeat, Nine), up against the two-hour debut of US science-fiction series Earth 2 (8.30pm, Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Mark (Bruce Samazan) plans a trip to the country to help Lucy (Melissa Bell), but she has other plans in mind. The Best/Worst Of Red Faces 3 (8.30pm, Nine) is followed by delayed coverage of the Rugby League State Of Origin, NSW versus Queensland (9.30pm, Nine).

Tuesday: In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Sonia’s (Zoe Carides) art teacher, Joan (Maggie Kirkpatrick), has the unenviable task of caring for her sister Laura (Pauline Terry-Beitz) who is dying of motor neurone disease. Derryn Hinch‘s forum special The Body Beautiful (8.30pm, Nine) explores the world of cosmetic surgery and procedures; and Hinch gives a first-hand account of the operation he underwent in the lead-up to the program. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when a plane goes down in dense bushland near Mount Thomas, the Blue Heelers are involved in the search and rescue operation.

annehaddy_0003Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen (Anne Haddy, pictured) and Reuben’s (James Condon) wedding day arrives, and Helen makes it her mission to reunite Reuben with his son. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Teresa (Diane Craig) rushes Selina (Tempany Deckert) to hospital.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Selina (Tempany Deckert) spends some time in hospital. In Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Samantha Kume visits Lake Bardawii in Egypt, where she helps a local vet release an injured pink flamingo back into the wild; and Michael Beatty discovers that silk worms have spun a new industry for local farmers. Documentary series Wildscreen (8pm, ABC) meets John Young, a man who climbs the tallest rainforest trees in search of Australia’s four species of birds of paradise.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Danni’s (Eliza Szonert) new job proves to be harder than she thought; and Sam’s (Richard Grieve) birthday becomes a day of humiliations. Friday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) crosses to the Sydney Cricket Ground for Sydney Swans versus Carlton.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 13 May 1995. Southdown Press




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May 08 2015

Classic TV Guides: 10 more added

TEN10_1965_0001Ten more TV listings have been added to the Classic TV Guides.

Sydney’s TEN10 was officially launched on Monday 5 April 1965. Now the guides for the following four days have been added:

More guides added:




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May 07 2015

Calls to protect historical TV footage

SES8_1980sAlmost 50 years of local history is feared to be lost as regional TV newsrooms are being shut down and archived material is not being kept.

This is a situation that would be common across most regional areas where TV news production is being centralised and heritage studios are being sold off — but it has been raised in South Australia, where almost five decades of news footage is being left to deteriorate.

WIN, which took over the stations formerly known as SES8 in Mount Gambier and RTS5A in Riverland back in 1999, effectively owns the footage but two former employees are pleading for support for the archive to be digitally restored and accessible by local residents.

The challenge is that much of the footage is in redundant formats and the station no longer has playback equipment that is compatible.

The cost to digitise the collection for future use is estimated to run into the thousands and would be a labour-intensive process. But former local cameramen Darryl ‘Sid’ Hosking, who worked at SES for 44 years, and Robert Tremelling believe that if efforts aren’t taken then 50 years of local history is lost.

win_2008“It’s the history of the south east (South Australia) and south west Victoria over nearly 50 years,” Mr Hosking told ABC. “There’d be hours and hours of footage and tape, it would certainly be a considerable undertaking.”

SES8 began transmission in 1966 and RTS5A in 1976. WIN shut down all local news services from the stations in 2013 — and as WIN is the only commercial TV operator in the region the only local TV news being presented to Mount Gambier and Riverland viewers are brief news updates read from studios in New South Wales.

ABC contacted WIN for comment but did not get a response.

Source: ABC


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May 05 2015

1995: May 6-12

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A Current Affair host Ray Martin (pictured with Lois & Clark‘s Dean Cain) has become the first person to win three consecutive Gold Logies. The 37th annual TV Week Logie Awards also saw co-host Andrew Daddo become the youngest to host the Logies, while his on-stage partner Noni Hazlehurst was the first mum to do so. “We were very glad we were there for each other,” Hazlehurst told TV Week. “My hat is off to Bert (Newton) and Ray (Martin) and all of those guys who have done it in the past, because on your own it’s scary.” The crowd assembled outside the Melbourne Concert Hall, which hosted the Logies for the first time, gave enthusiastic welcomes to international stars Dean Cain, Mark Curry, Holly Robinson and Big Bird. On stage the dance ensemble Hot Taps gave a musical tribute to 20 years of colour TV in Australia, while Big Bird was joined by Alyssa-Jane Cook and a group of talented kids to give a salute to children’s TV. The Logies after-party at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt featured Mental As Anything while off-beat performance artists mingled with the stars.

My brother Jack
Actor Jack Thompson was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame by his brother, film critic Peter Thompson. The award was a welcome boost for the actor who had just narrowly missed out on the role of Oskar Schindler for the film Schindler’s List. “If you took these decisions to heart you’d never last in this business,” he said. An emotional Thompson accepted his award following a standing ovation from the Logies crowd. Thompson’s acting career dates back to the 1960s in soapie Motel, followed by appearances in series including Riptide, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, The Rovers and Matlock Police. His first major role was in the espionage drama Spyforce, leading to a string of roles in film and television, in Australia and also overseas.  The day after the Logies he was due to fly back to the Los Angeles to resume work on the film Last Dance, co-starring with Sharon Stone and Rob Morrow.

TV Week Logie Winners 1995: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Ray Martin

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Dieter Brummer (Home And Away)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Melissa George (Home And Away)

darylsomers_0005Most Popular Series: Home And Away (Seven)
Most Popular Drama: The Battlers (Seven)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Nine)
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)
Most Popular Comedy Program: Full Frontal (Seven)
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair (Nine)
Most Popular Lifestyle-Information Program: Burke’s Backyard (Nine)
Most Popular Sports Program: Commonwealth Games (Ten)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Seven)
Most Popular New Talent: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

jackthompsonTV Week Logie Winners 1994: Industry Voted Categories:

Gold Logie — Hall of Fame: Jack Thompson

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Chris Haywood (Janus)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Monica Maughan (The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh)

Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama Production: Janus (ABC)
Most Outstanding Documentary: Fifty Years Of Silence (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Rwanda Refugee Crisis” (ABC News)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Inside A Holocaust”, Four Corners (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Frontline (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By A Regional Network: Sandakan: The Untold Story (NBN)

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  • Dr Harry Cooper celebrated the upcoming 100th episode of Talk To The Animals. “I always thought it would be successful,” he told TV Week. “But what I didn’t imagine was the degree of success. We provide something for everyone, from pets to wild and exotic animals, from looking at the environment to looking after domestic animals.”
  • Daryl Somers has just completed a fifth series of commercials for the Northern Territory Tourism Commission.
  • Network Ten has announced some of the cast members to feature in its new soap Echo Point. Newcomers Diarmid Heidenreich (famous for appearing in TV commercials as a pizza delivery boy), Tom Long and Jack Ellis will join New Zealand actor Martin Henderson in the new five-night-a-week series expected to debut mid-year.
  • Actor Tom Richards, best known from his long-running roles in Matlock Police and Sons And Daughters, is returning to TV with an extended guest role in Home And Away. He will play the ex-husband of Irene Roberts (Lynne McGranger).
  • After three years hosting the US version of A Current Affair, Terry Willesee is returning home to Australia, citing concerns over his children’s safety in New York and to escape the harsh American winters. Once back in Australia Willesee will be reading the news for National Nine News in his home town of Perth.
  • Veteran actor Maurie Fields will soon be appearing in Neighbours. In the six-week stint, Fields plays an old gardener who lives in a caravan and tries to sell vegies to Ramsay Street residents. But tempers flare when Erinsborough Council tries to evict him.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 16 April): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine Sat 1918000
2 ER Nine Thu 1890000
3 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1873000
4 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1774000
5 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1733000
6 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1714000
7 Money Nine Wed 1692000
8 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1685000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1685000
10 Our House Nine Wed 1637000
11 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1628000
12 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1559000
13 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1582000
14 Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John Nine Thu 1535000
15 National Nine News Nine Sun 1527000
16 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1517000
17 Home Improvement Seven Wed 1505000
18 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1500000
19 The X Files Ten Wed 1495000
20 Fire Seven Tue 1476000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, May 6-12):
Saturday: In Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten), guest star Mick Doohan shows off the technology of his grand prix bike.

Sunday: Sunday night movies are Fortress (repeat, Seven) and Mr Baseball (Ten). Ray Martin hosts two-hour special 50 Fantastic Years (8.30pm, Nine), highlighting how Australia has changed over the past 50 years — featuring segments presented by Daryl Somers, Reg Livermore, Deborah Hutton, Liz Hayes, Ken Sutcliffe, Mike Munro, Charles Wooley, Tracy Grimshaw and Richard Carleton.

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Annalise (Kimberley Davies) makes an appointment with Dr Karl (Alan Fletcher) to see if her suspicions are correct. In Funky Squad (8pm, ABC), the team are drawn into a web of lies, cover-ups and killings as they investigate a massive drug operation.

Tuesday: Analysis of the Keating Government’s third budget is covered with one-hour specials on ABC and SBS (both at 7.30pm), with coverage on Nine and Ten restricted to their respective late news bulletins. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), the arrival of two female backpackers leads to the male officers competing for their attention.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Dr Karl (Alan Fletcher) escapes from Sandy’s (Kim Trengove) clutches, until she appears at Billy’s (Jesse Spencer) birthday party. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Dylan’s (Corey Glaister) future has been decided.

Thursday: In Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Rachel Friend joins an aerial rodeo of live game in Nelspruit, South Africa; and Michael Beatty meets Eric Olsen, a blind Swedish man determined to ensure the survival of the endangered great horned owl. In Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC), Mickey (Gary Sweet) and Nipper (Steve Bisley) come across a terrible bus crash and are able to help out at the scene.

Friday: Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) presents highlights of the Richmond versus Adelaide match at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 6 May 1995. Southdown Press




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May 04 2015

The 57th TV Week Logie Awards

carriebickmoreThe Project‘s Carrie Bickmore has won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 57th annual TV Week Logie Awards, held last night (Sunday) at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

In her emotional acceptance speech, Bickmore paid tribute to her late husband, Greg Lange, who died from brain cancer in 2010. She sought to raise awareness to the disease by putting on a beanie and imploring people to spread the message and wear a beanie today (Monday).

Earlier in the night, Bickmore also collected the Silver Logie for Most Popular TV Presenter.

Offspring and Party Tricks star Asher Keddie won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress, while Home And Away‘s Stephen Peacocke won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor. Peacocke accepted his award via satellite link to London.

It was a big night for Home And Away which not only won Most Popular Drama Series but was also inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards‘ Hall Of Fame, with an introduction by former cast member Dannii Minogue. It is the fourth program in the category’s 32-year history to have received the honour — joining Four Corners, Neighbours and Play School.

Love Child actor Miranda Tapsell won two Logies — Most Popular New Talent and the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer. In her acceptance speech Tapsell encouraged diversity in our television drama. “That’s the real Team Australia,” she said.

Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America won Most Popular Light Entertainment Program, and ABC‘s Utopia won Most Outstanding Comedy Program.

Network Ten‘s The Living Room finally broke Better Homes And Garden‘s winning streak in Most Popular Lifestyle Program. The Footy Show (NRL) won another Logie for Most Popular Sports Program, while SBS won Most Outstanding Sports Coverage for its coverage of last year’s FIFA World Cup.

SBS also won Most Outstanding Factual Program for its series First Contact, hosted by Ray Martin.

Foxtel drama Wentworth won Most Outstanding Drama Series, while series star Danielle Cormack won Most Outstanding Actress for her role as Bea Smith. Another Foxtel production, Devil’s Playground, won Most Outstanding Mini-Series Or Telemovie.

The Seven Network mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart scored a Logie for Luke Arnold, who played lead singer Michael Hutchence, for Most Outstanding Actor. Arnold accepted his award via a pre-recorded speech.

ABC3 children’s drama Nowhere Boys again won Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

In the news and current affairs categories, Seven News won Most Outstanding News Coverage for its reporting of the Lindt café siege last December. ABC’s Four Corners won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report for its story “Banking Bad”.

The presentation again had no particular host, rather relying on presenters over the course of the night. Comedian Dave Hughes started the presentation and paid tribute to Neighbours for its 30th anniversary earlier this year. The mention gave cause for Hughes to remark that Neighbours gave him his acting debut… making a guest appearance in the show. And we were taken back 17 years to see the very scene of a much younger Hughes.

Julia Morris won the crowd over with her excited presentation of Most Outstanding Entertainment Program — neglecting to mention the nominees but rather cutting straight to announcing the winner, The Voice. She more than recovered from the mishap by comically acknowledging her error and back announcing the nominees after The Voice had claimed its award.

Morris’ performance only reinforced that Logies organisers missed a golden opportunity to pair her up with Dr Chris Brown, her hosting partner on this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. The pair were widely credited for their chemistry in co-hosting the reality show — but Logies organisers instead had him present an award with Jennifer Hawkins.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee parodied The Bachelor in presenting the award for Most Popular Reality Program, by staging a rose ceremony as happens on the show as a means of culling the list of 6 reality shows down to 5 nominees. It was a great idea that was well staged — with the co-operation of presenters of Big Brother, The Block, My Kitchen Rules, Bondi Vet and Bondi Rescue and last year’s Bachelor, Blake Garvey — leading to The Block taking out the award.

Comedian and Winners And Losers star Denise Scott alluded to the widely-observed fact that in the 32 years of the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame that only one female — Ruth Cracknell — has been given the honour. It is a glaring discrepancy given that Australian TV has a history of accomplished, widely experienced and successful female performers.

Cricket commentator Michael Slater paid tribute to Richie Benaud, who passed away earlier this year. The lengthy segment that followed then led into a speedy slideshow to acknowledge those others in the industry that passed away during the last 12 months. The problem was that the presentation zipped past with poorly-designed graphics and captions so that viewers, and even those in attendance, couldn’t read the names of those being recognised.

Music performances came from Meghan Trainor (twice), Ricky Martin and The Script. Problems with audio seem to plague Logies performances every year and this year was no exception — with Martin in particular less than audible.

Conchita Wurst, who won the Eurovision Song Contest last year in Copenhagen, attended the awards but was only to appear in a brief interview on the red carpet and not during the awards presentation itself.

But apart from the awards themselves, the biggest contest is the ratings. In preliminary figures for the night, the TV Week Logie Awards was the 5th highest rating program of the night with an audience of 971,000 (5 cities, OzTAM), averaged over the almost four hours telecast. It is a slight increase on last year’s audience.

The Red Carpet arrivals segment which was the lead in to the awards had a preliminary audience figure of 958,000 — in contrast to tradition where the arrivals usually ranks higher than the main event.

In other preliminary results for the night, Seven’s My Kitchen Rules topped the ratings with 1,674,000 viewers with current affairs program Sunday Night (featuring a somewhat contentious report on the recent earthquake in Nepal, focusing on actor Hugh Sheridan‘s search for his brother) ranked fourth with 1,023,000.

ABC’s best numbers came from ABC News (#8, 843,000) and British series Poldark (#10, 585,000), while Network Ten’s best results were Modern Family (#9, 609,000 and #13, 534,000) and the movie Iron Man 2 (#14, 514,000).

In preliminary overnight figures, Seven won the night on 27.1%, followed by Nine (25.2%), ABC (10.7%), Ten (10.5%), 7mate (4.0%), 7TWO (3.8%), GO (3.3%), SBS One (3.2%), GEM (2.7%), ABC2 (2.5%), Eleven (2.4%), One (2.2%), SBS2 and ABC News 24 (1.0% each), ABC3 (0.5%) and NITV (0.0%).

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)

Stephen Peacocke (Home And Away, Channel Seven)

Asher Keddie (Offspring/PartyTricks, Network Ten)

Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)

Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Nine Network)

Home And Away (Channel Seven)

Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America (Nine Network)

The Block (Nine Network)

The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)

The Living Room (Network Ten)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – Most Outstanding Drama Series
Wentworth (FOXTEL/SoHo)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
Devil’s Playground (FOXTEL/Showcase)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – Most Outstanding Actor
Luke Arnold (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – Most Outstanding Actress
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, FOXTEL/SoHo)

Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Nine Network)

The Voice (Nine Network)

Utopia (ABC)

“Lindt Café Siege” (Seven News, Channel Seven)

‘‘Banking Bad” (Four Corners, ABC)

First Contact (SBS ONE)

2014 FIFA World Cup (SBS ONE)

Nowhere Boys (ABC3)

Home And Away

Source: TV Week Logie Awards

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.





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May 03 2015

TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

tvweek_140505They say certain things happen in threes — and that was the case for Rove McManus, who won his third Gold Logie at the 47th annual TV Week Logie Awards, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday, 1 May 2005.

And McManus happened to win three Logies on the night — also collecting the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter and Rove Live winning Most Popular Light Entertainment Program.

“It’s just an incredible validation of everything that I’m doing and it shows people are still enjoying it,” he told TV Week at the time. “Just a nomination is enough, but to actually receive the (Gold) award for a third time is wonderful — very, very humbling — and I’m pleased and proud and honoured to receive it.” McManus’ on-screen acceptance speech included a tribute to his wife, Belinda Emmett, for always being supportive of him. (Emmett, ill with cancer, died in 2006)

johnwood_0002McManus’ Gold Logie win saw yet another opportunity pass for Blue Heelers star John Wood (pictured). It was his ninth Gold Logie nomination, but he did score a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor. It was his first Logie win since 1989. “It’s extraordinary for someone my age to even be nominated,” he said. “The highlight for me was the standing ovation. I mean, that was just unbelievable.”

Home And Away star Bec Cartwright, attending with then fiancé Lleyton Hewitt, won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress. “I’ve never seen a Logie this close up before,” she said. “And I wasn’t aware that they actually put your name on it.”

The Nine Network‘s McLeod’s Daughters won Most Popular Australian Drama despite losing a number of key cast members during the previous year. “The show’s kind of constantly evolving,” cast member Rachael Carpani said. “So you never know what the viewers are going to think. But they love us!”

natalieblairHome And Away‘s Chris Hemsworth, now a major Hollywood star, won Most Popular New Talent, while NeighboursNatalie Blair (pictured) won Most Popular New Female Talent. Blair’s acceptance speech was noteworthy in that she blissfully ignored the designated time limit and went on to thank just about everyone — even ignoring the wind up cues from the audience. “They may have put a little note on our seats,” she said. “But when you’re up there, you don’t think of time.”

Neighbours was also inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame, only the second time in the award’s history that a program had received the honour. The show’s cast accepted their award via a song and dance routine — including a rap from Ian Smith, Harold Bishop in the series. “The dance was nerve-wracking,” co-star Jackie Woodburne told TV Week. “But for non-singers and non-dancers, I think we did a damn fine job. We were all so nervous but it went very quickly and it was great fun.” The award, introduced by showbiz veterans Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell and Val Jellay, was timed to coincide with the show’s recent 20th anniversary.

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Australian Idol won Most Popular Reality Program for the second year in a row. Co-host James Mathison confessed that he didn’t think the show would win. “My Restaurant Rules has been really popular and we thought they might get up this year,” he told TV Week.

Backyard Blltz collected its fifth Logie for Most Popular Lifestyle Program, while fellow Nine Network program The Footy Show (NRL) won Most Popular Sports Program.

As was perhaps evidence of the voting demographic of the Logies, the award for Most Popular Overseas Program was The OC — seen in Australia on Network Ten. The program was never widely popular here but had a definite following among younger viewers. Series co-star Peter Gallagher accepted the award on behalf of the show via satellite.

samneillIn the peer-voted awards, Sam Neill (pictured) won the Logie for Most Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series for his performance in the mini-series Jessica, which also won Most Outstanding Mini-Series/Telemovie.

Miranda Otto won the Logie for Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series for her portrayal of Lindy Chamberlain in Through My Eyes.

Foxtel drama series Love My Way became the first pay-TV program to take out the award for Most Outstanding Drama Series. “It feels really good to be recognised and it’s boosted confidence,” co-star Asher Keddie told TV Week. The show’s win comes just ahead of production starting on a second series.

The Chaser had shared the Most Outstanding Comedy Program award with Kath And Kim in 2004, but this time around took the honour outright for their election-themed series The Chaser Decides.

The second series of Out There, screened on ABC, won Most Outstanding Children’s Program. “Doing good TV is just so important for our kids,” executive producer Michael Bourchier told TV Week. “It’s absolutely essential that we break the mould and do shows there the writing is as good as it is for an adult show.”

The President Vs David Hicks (SBS), following the plight of accused terrorist David Hicks being held indefinitely in Guantanamo Bay, won Most Outstanding Documentary Series. ABC’s Australian Story won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report for “Into The Forest”. The program sought to find out more about convicted serial killer Ivan Milat, interviewing a number of his relatives, and provide a further insight into the horrific serial killings.

Network Ten’s coverage of the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 again won Most Popular Sports Coverage — beating fellow nominees NRL State Of Origin, AFL Grand Final, the Melbourne Cup and the Athens Olympic Games. “The fact that people all tune in to see a special event like an Olympics doesn’t mean it’s the best coverage,” Ten presenter Bill Woods said.

The awards, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday, 1 May 2005, were hosted by Seven’s Andrew O’Keefe, Nine’s Eddie McGuire and Ten’s Rove McManus — emulating the same line-up that hosted the Australia Unites telethon a few months earlier.

International guests and performers included Kathryn Morris (Cold Case), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), R&B singer Mario, Michael Bublé and operatic group Il Divo.

There was also a performance by the previous year’s Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea, singing his signature rendition of The Prayer.

rovemcmanus_0003Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Rove McManus (pictured with wife Belinda Emmett)

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: John Wood
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Bec Cartwright
Silver Logie — Most Popular TV Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular New Male Talent: Chris Hemsworth
Most Popular New Female Talent: Natalie Blair

australianidol_0002Most Popular Australian Drama: McLeod’s Daughters
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Rove Live
Most Popular Reality Program: Australian Idol (pictured)
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Backyard Blitz
Most Popular Overseas Program: The OC

claudiakarvanIndustry-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Neighbours

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Sam Neill
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Miranda Otto
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series: Love My Way (pictured)

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Out There: Series 2
Most Outstanding Mini-Series/Telemovie: Jessica
Most Outstanding Comedy: The Chaser Decides
Most Outstanding Documentary Series: The President Vs David Hicks
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: “Into The Forest (Ivan Milat)”, Australian Story
Most Outstanding News Coverage: “Tsunami: 30 Dec 2004″, National Nine News
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000

Source: TV Week, 14 May 2005

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May 02 2015

TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

tvweek_170390Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 32nd annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held at Melbourne’s Hyatt On Collins on Friday 9 March 1990 and televised on the Ten Network.

Hosted by Mark Mitchell, the presentation was attended by overseas guests John Travolta, Ernest Borgnine, Pauline Collins and John Alderton, with Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, at the time based on the US, also a special guest. Also present on the night was the ever-glamorous Dame Edna Everage and jazz musician James MorrisonNicole Kidman (winning Logies for Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series and Most Outstanding Actress On Australian TV) appeared via a live cross to South Carolina, where she was filming Days Of Thunder with husband-to-be Tom Cruise.

The awards featured a musical tribute to the history of television, based on the then current Billy Joel hit We Didn’t Start The Fire. The “TV Wheel Of Fortune” gave us a rapid fire catch-up on over 30 years of television… just in case we’d missed any of it:

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Neighbours once again won the Logie for Most Popular Series and for Most Popular Program In Victoria. Network Ten also collected Logies for The Comedy Company (Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program) and Bangkok Hilton (Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series).

shaneporteousgeorgieparkerA Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) won Most Popular New Talent, while her co-star Shane Porteous (pictured) won the peer-voted Most Outstanding Actor. “I’m particularly thrilled because my peers chose me,” he said in his acceptance. “It really makes you proud to be part of the industry. But then, I’ve always been proud to be a part of A Country Practice.”

Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Daryl Somers won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Personality as well as Most Popular Personality In Victoria.

Midday host Ray Martin was again Most Popular Personality In New South Wales, and Home And Away was voted Most Popular Program In New South Wales for the first time.

jasondonovanterencedonovanJason Donovan (pictured with dad, actor Terence Donovan) won Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series for his role in The Heroes. “I’m quite amazed,” he said. “Actually I feel a bit embarrassed because I had such a small part.” Donovan’s former Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue won the Logie for Most Popular Music Video for her single Never Too Late.

The Seven Network‘s Wombat won Most Popular Children’s Program as well as Most Popular Program In Queensland. Wombat presenter Jill Ray was voted Most Popular Personality In Queensland.

Newsreader Rick Ardon won his eighth Logie for Most Popular Personality In Western Australia, while Seven Nightly News was the state’s Most Popular Program.

Tasmanian Bert Taylor won that state’s Logie for Most Popular Presenter and Most Popular Program awards yet again. It was his fifth personal Logie and the fourth for his long-running travel program Taylor’s Australia (formerly Taylor’s Tasmania).

And it just wasn’t Logies night until Anne Wills won yet another Logie for Most Popular Personality In South Australia!

The Nine Network won Most Outstanding Achievement In News for the reporting of the Romanian revolution against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Reporter Mark Burrows, cameraman Paul Boersma and sound recordist Ross McLoughlin found themselves dodging bullets on Christmas Day as fighting continued in the town of Timișoara. Their reports were seen around Australia by Boxing Day and were also picked up by various international news agencies.

The ABC series Ladies In Line, which traced the journey of three young women through the Australian Army’s intensive 12-week training course, won Most Outstanding Documentary Or Documentary Series.

The Four Corners report “True Believers” won Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs. The report, by Marian Wilkinson and researcher Monica Attard, uncovered the operation that saw federal Liberal Party leader John Howard dumped in favour of reinstating Andrew Peacock to the role.

A Current Affair again won Most Popular Public Affairs Program. Host Jana Wendt accepted the Logie and denied persistent rumours that she was heading to the US. “I’m staying home,” she said. “The great thing about getting a Logie is that it makes you realise people are actually watching.”

donburke_0001Burke’s Backyard (hosted and produced by Don Burke, pictured) won the inaugural award for Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program.

The Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television was won by Townsville-based QTV for its 13-part series My Place My Land My People. The program, produced by Cairns-based Mark Eliot, provided an insight into the lives of indigenous people in their own communities. The series was subsequently picked up by SBS for national screening.

Johnny Young was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame, in recognition of his many years in supporting up and coming talent, in particular during 18 years of Young Talent Time and also through his establishment of talent schools across Australia.

The official proceedings of the night culminated with Travolta handing out the TV Week Gold Logie to McLachlan as Most Popular Personality on Australian TV. McLachlan, who had since swapped over to Home And Away, also took away a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor. His then partner and former co-star Rachel Friend won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress.

craigmclachlan_darylsomersTV Week Logie Winners 1990:
Publicly-voted categories

Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Rachel Friend
Most Popular Series: Neighbours
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: The Comedy Company
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Personality: Daryl Somers
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket (Nine Network)
Most Popular Telemovie/Mini-Series: Bangkok Hilton
Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie/Mini-Series: Jason Donovan
Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie/Mini-Series: Nicole Kidman
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard
Most Popular Music Video: Never Too Late (Kylie Minogue)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Wombat
Most Popular New Talent: Georgie Parker
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair

johnnyyoungTV Week Logie Winners 1990:
Industry-voted categories

Gold Logie – Hall of Fame: Johnny Young
Most Outstanding Actor: Shane Porteous
Most Outstanding Actress: Nicole Kidman
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “True Believers” (Four Corners)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Romanian Revolution” (Nine Network)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series: Ladies In Lines (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: My Place, My Land, My People (QTV, Townsville, QLD)

TV Week Logie Winners 1990:
State-based categories (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program)

NSW: Ray Martin, Home And Away
VIC: Daryl Somers, Neighbours
QLD: Jill Ray, Wombat
SA: Anne Wills, Wheel Of Fortune
NT: Rick Ardon, Seven Nightly News
TAS: Bert Taylor, Taylor’s Australia

Source: TV Week, 17 March 1990

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May 01 2015

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

tvweek_030465Jimmy Hannan (pictured), host of teenage music program Saturday Date, was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 7th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards were held on Friday 26 March 1965 at the Palais de Danse, Melbourne and hosted by Gerald Lyons. Crowds of fans queued outside the venue to gain a glimpse of their TV favourites and to seek their autographs. Members of the public could also purchase tickets to attend the event itself.

The only telecast of the presentation was a 20-minute segment after In Melbourne Tonight had finished up on GTV9. Country and interstate viewers were only to see taped highlights at a later date… if at all.

donnadouglasjudystoneThe Logies’ overseas guest was actress Donna Douglas from the popular US sitcom Beverly Hillbillies. As well as handing out the statuettes to the various Logie winners, Douglas (pictured with Judy Stone) was also to accept Beverly Hillbillies‘ Logie for Best Overseas Show.

Hannan’s Gold Logie win was not only the result of his hosting Nine’s Saturday Date and the 5-minute Top Pop but also due to regular appearances on Bandstand and In Melbourne Tonight. Such was his popularity that only months after his Gold Logie win, Hannan was ‘banned’ from appearing on the Nine Network because his management had signed a lucrative deal — reported to be worth £74,000 over three years — to switch to Melbourne’s ATV0 and its network partners in the new year. Although he was no longer allowed to appear on screen, Hannan continued to be paid his full salary by Nine pending the expiration of his existing contract.

Husband and wife team Bobby Limb and Dawn Lake continued to add to their Logie collection. Lake won Best Female Personality, while Limb won Best Male Personality in New South Wales. Their show Sound Of Music also won the Logie for Best Live Show.

Melbourne-based drama series Homicide won a Logie for Best Australian Drama and the comedy hit The Mavis Bramston Show won Best New Show.

The Logie for Best Single Documentary was won by ABC‘s A New Heart For Graham. The special, hosted by Keith Smith, followed the case of eight-year-old ‘Graham’, who suffered a hole in the heart. The program followed the boy’s progress through surgery, including interviewing medical personnel and filming the actual surgical procedure, and convalescence.

As well as the usual state-based awards, two special Logies were awarded for services to newsreading: Melbourne’s Eric Pearce and Brisbane’s Melody Welsh. Welsh is regarded as one of the first female news presenters on Australian television.

Graham Kennedy continued his winning streak of Logies for Most Popular Male Personality in Victoria.

Robyn Nevin, later to become a successful actress, was a presenter for ABC in Tasmania and won Most Popular Female Personality in that state.

National awards:

Gold Logie: Jimmy Hannan

Best Female Personality: Dawn Lake
Best Teenage Performer: Billy Thorpe

Best Live Show: Sound Of Music
Best Documentary Series: Project 64
Best New Show: The Mavis Bramston Show
Best Australian Drama Series: Homicide
Best Single Documentary: New Heart For Graham

Most Outstanding National Show: The BP Super Show

Best Overseas Show: Beverly Hillbillies

State-based awards:

NSW: Bobby Limb, Judy Stone, Tonight
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Toni Lamond, Eric Pearce*, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Dick McCann, Jackie Ellison, Melody Welsh*, Theatre Royal
SA: Ernie Sigley, Glenys O’Brien, Country And Western Hour
TAS: Graeme Smith, Robyn Nevin

* Special award for newsreading.


Queensland’s Logie winners: Jim Iliffe, his wife Melody Welsh, Dick McCann, Jackie Ellison, George Wallace (Theatre Royal) and his wife.


Source: TV Week, 3 April 1965. TV Week, 10 April 1965. TV Times, 25 August 1965.

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